Requirements of students for video-annotations in lecture recordings

Rüdiger Rolf (virtUOS, Universität Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany)
Hannah Reuter (virtUOS, Universität Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany)
Martin Abel (virtUOS, Universität Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany)
Kai-Christoph Hamborg (virtUOS, Universität Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 9 September 2014



Improving the use of annotations in lecture recordings.


Requirements analysis with scenario based design (SBD) on focus groups.


These seven points have been extracted from the feedback of the focus groups: (1) Control of the annotation feature (turn on/turn off). (2) An option to decide who is able to see their comments (groups, lecturer, friends). (3) An easy and paper-like experience in creating a comment. (4) An option to discuss comments. (5) An option to import already existing comments. (6) Color-coding of the different types of comments. (7) An option to print their annotations within the context of the recording.

Research limitations/implications

The study was performed to improve the open-source lecture recording system Opencast Matterhorn.


Annotations can help to enable the students that use lecture recordings to move from a passive watching to an active viewing and reflecting.



Rolf, R., Reuter, H., Abel, M. and Hamborg, K. (2014), "Requirements of students for video-annotations in lecture recordings", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 223-234.

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